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On the coast

Yesterday I was in Brighton to see one of my favourite poppets, who is suffering from a flu following a run on the downs in such extreme cold that 2 runners went down with hypothermia. My taxi driver from the station complained of the Green MP Caroline Lucas  and counci, whose leader has the [...]

March 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Times flies when you’re living life

Yesterday I arrived at my father’s house on the south coast to stay the weekend. At lunchtime, he set off to attend a monthly reunion pub lunch for former members of the Fleet Air Arm, saying he felt an obligation attend because, at the last one, the organiser had remarked “There are so few of [...]

March 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s all right for some …

With advance apologies to those who inhabit it – indeed work hard and have done well for themselves – I hate the insurance industry. As far as I am concerned, the world of insurance is money for old rope. A comfortable modern refuge of a career for those who, not quite intelligent [...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

The mo-vile phone

When a social historian seeks to identify a sign of our times, I reckon it will be the mobile phone. Walking in a London thoroughfare, it seems one person in three is on the phone and, unlike New York, we do not walk in actual lanes, so as often as not you have to weave out of the way. Few train [...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Leave me alone!

As regards ‘junk’ contacts, physical mail has long been overtaken – in my view – by telephone calls. There is nothing in this world more calculated to raise my blood pressure and hackles than the experience of sitting down in my favourite armchair to watch a long-awaited ‘live’ [...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of us was wrong

My kids are always teasing me about the early onset of Alzheimer’s – indeed, my daughter regularly asked if I’ve had myself tested recently. I’m convinced this is prompted partly by the fact I cannot recall much before the year 2000 and partly by my avowed intent to live life in the [...]

March 4, 2014 // 0 Comments


Inevitably, the use of drugs in sport is neither confined to performance-enhancing substances nor humans. Horse-racing has a long and notorious history of both doping and managing to fudge embarrassing scandals. I’ve heard it said, by those who know a lot more about the ‘sport of kings’ than [...]

March 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The crisis in Ukraine

Somewhat to my own credit and surprise, I can still recall sitting in class, waiting for our English teacher to arrive, at my prep school in the autumn of 1962 just as the US/Russian Cuban missile crisis was reaching its height. He was a popular chap, not least because – then aged somewhere [...]

March 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The pitfalls of cause and effect

As an unhealthily-devoted television watcher, my sphere of interest does not normally extend to police procedural drama series – still less those of the currently-fashionable, high-class, Danish and Scandinavian origin. In that sense, I happily bow to my superiors who contribute to the National [...]

March 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Family matters

Families are strange things, each with its own unique way of operating and never the twain shall meet. In my experience, those containing a preponderance of females tend to be noisy, with all humans emotions – ranging from loving and the opposite – close to the surface, allowing you to retain [...]

February 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

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